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Happy Sunday before Christmas everyone! Today I am sharing our 2019 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner Menu and I am so excited! This year’s holiday menu focuses on the traditional recipes my family loves most, but includes a few new ones too. Our dinners are complete with cocktails, appetizers, sides, mains, and of course sweet dessert too. Bonus? I decided to share what we’ll be having for breakfast too. There’s certainly never too much food at Christmas time!

overhead photo of Christmas table

I’ve received more requests for a Christmas Menu than anything else all month. I’m always shocked by how much you guys love these menu style posts. But it makes me so happy you do! Creating menus, especially Christmas menus, is one of my favorite things to do. Last year I created an easy Christmas tablescape in addition to our menu. I love that table SO much that I will be recreating it again this year. So, today I’m sharing our menus for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner…with a few tips and tricks too.

Keeping things short and sweet since I have plenty of food to prep and gifts to wrap. Anyone else in the same situation? Anyone else still shopping? Thankfully I am done shopping, but I am still waiting on packages to arrive. Fingers crossed everything arrives safe and sound tomorrow!

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday and enjoy some holiday festivities with family and friends. See you all tomorrow for one last recipe before Christmas!

The North Pole Cocktail | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

For Christmas Eve, I always make my Mom’s Christmas Eve Chex Mix and my beef tenderloin. It’s tradition, so I’m not straying from those two recipes. But I’m adding all-new cocktails, appetizers, side dishes, and desserts. 

Christmas Eve Dinner Menu

Cocktails 

The Santa Clause Smash

The Spicy Sweet Grinch Cocktail

Bonus: The North Pole Cocktail…for a sweet Christmas Eve nightcap.

Appetizers

Cranberry Brie Pull-Apart Bread

Moms Christmas Eve Chex Mix

Roasted Bacon Brussels Sprouts with Salted Honey | halfbakedharvest.com #brusselssprouts #healthy

Dinner

Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Mushrooms and White Wine Cream Sauce

Roasted Bacon Brussels Sprouts with Salted Honey

Cheesy Potato Casserole with Buttery Ritz Crackers

Creamed Spaghetti Squash with Browned Butter Walnuts

Herbed Garlic Butter Naan

Dessert

Holly Jolly Santa Cookies

Salted Caramel Pretzel Snickerdoodles

Holly Jolly Santa Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com #santacookies #sugarcookies

For Christmas Day dinner, I went back and forth on what to serve. Sometimes we do turkey, but this year I did not want to recreate Thanksgiving. Instead, I’m making lasagna and baked rigatoni, one white and one more traditional baked rigatoni for the meat-eaters. I can make these both ahead of time so that I’m not frantically cooking all day and night. It will be low key and EASY, but still delicious and special.

Christmas Day Dinner Menu

Cocktails 

Sparkling Christmas Party Punch

White Christmas Mojito

Appetizers

My Easy Holiday Cheese Board

Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates with Honey

Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates with Rosemary Honey | halfbakedharvest.com #dates #goatcheese #thanksgiving #appetizer

Dinner

White Pesto Spinach Lasagna

One Pot Spicy Pesto Cheese Baked Rigatoni

Winter Pomegranate Salad with Maple Candied Walnuts

Pull-Apart Garlic Butter Bread Wreath

Dessert

White Christmas Cranberry Layer Cake

Creamy Coconut Hot Chocolate

White Christmas Cranberry Layer Cake | halfbakedharvest.com #layercake #christmas

For Breakfast, I like to make dishes that I can have baking in the oven while we open gifts. No need to spend the morning in the kitchen. Relax and enjoy time with family. 

Breakfast

Christmas Eve Morning: Baked Cinnamon Crème Brûlée French Toast with Raspberry Preserves

Christmas Morning: Ham and Cheese Croissant Bake

Or, Christmas Morning: Overnight Cinnamon Roll Bread with Chai Frosting

Overnight Cinnamon Roll Bread with Chai Frosting | halfbakedharvest.com #cinnamonrolls #christmas #breakfast

Finally, Christmas Week Entertaining Tips

Tip: Make an Oven/Food Schedule

This is probably my number one tip to easily getting dinner on the table…and at a reasonable hour. An oven schedule is essential for staying on track on, especially if you’re working with limited oven space.

Tip: Invest in a Slow Cooker and or Instant Pot

If you’re working with limited oven space, I highly recommend using your slow cooker and instant pot. They can cook mashed potatoes from start to finish, or just keep your dishes warm without taking up any oven space.

Tip: Make a To-Do List TODAY

Trust me, make a list today for the coming week ahead. Being organized is KEY when you have a lot of people in the house.

Tip: Set the Table Way Ahead of Time

This is something my Nonnie taught me, and it’s probably my favorite entertaining trick. I like to set my dinner table (ideally) a week ahead. If that’s not possible, at least the night before. It’s one more thing you can cross off your checklist early. Plus you’ll be guaranteed to have the table set and looking pretty when guests arrive.

Tip:  Create a Seasonal Tablescape

When setting your table, don’t stress too much about making it perfect. I love the imperfect, perfect look. My best budget tip for creating an elegant tablescape is to incorporate the food onto the table. My favorite thing to do is to use fresh produce around my table to add pops of color. I certainly love a bouquet of flowers, but food can be equally beautiful, if not prettier. In addition, I like to surround the table with candles, use fresh herbs for greenery, and seasonal fruit for color. Here is how I created last year’s table.

Christmas Week Dinner Menu 

30 Minute Coq au Vin Chicken Meatballs with browned Butter Mashed Potatoes | halfbakedharvest.com #meatballs #easyrecipe #dinner

Monday: 30 Minute Coq au Vin Chicken Meatballs

Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Mushrooms and White Wine Cream Sauce | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Tuesday: Roasted Beef Tenderloin (see above for the rest)

One Pot Spicy Pesto Cheese Baked Rigatoni | halfbakedharvest.com #pasta #pesto #holiday

Wednesday: Spicy Pesto Cheese Baked Rigatoni + White Pesto Spinach Lasagna (see above for the rest)

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Salmon | halfbakedharvest.com #salmon #garlicbutter #easyrecipes

Thursday: Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Salmon

overhead photo of Caroline's Family Pasta | halfbakedharvest.com

Friday: Caroline’s Family Pasta (recipe in HBH Super Simple Cookbook)

Cheddar Pierogies with Caramelized Onions and Bacon | halfbakedharvest.com #pierogi #homemade #Christmas

Saturday: Cheddar Pierogi with Caramelized Onions and Bacon

overhead photo of Instant Gumbo

Sunday: Instant Gumbo (recipe in HBH Super Simple Cookbook)

If you make any of the recipes from our 2019 Christmas Eve and Christmas Dinner Menu, be sure to leave a comment! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

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  1. I am so glad you loved the rigatoni. That is so amazing, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. I had already planned to make the beef tenderloin and Brussels sprouts for my Christmas dinner. I don’t usually eat red meat, but this is worthy of an exception thanks for all the inspiration.

  2. HI Teighan!! I hope y’all had a wonderful holiday! I made the Goat Cheese, Bacon Wrapped Dates. They were AMAZING!!!!! I made the honey 2 hours before to allow for the Rosemary and cayenne to infuse with the honey and it was the best decision! Thank you for creating such an easy and yummy appetizer!!! I was supposed to make the Garlic Butter wreath, but was over-ruled when someone brought rolls – without being asked to…oh well hopefully will try it soon.

  3. Oh my gosh! I fixed your mustard covered filet roast With portobello mushrooms in a white wine sauce? This is the best recipe I have ever fixed! bravo to you!!! I will make this a holiday special dinner every year!
    Thank you,
    Susan

  4. We made the white pesto spinach lasagna for Christmas Eve and the beef tenderloin with mushroom white wine sauce for Christmas and they both were delicious. The kids already asked for the same meals next year. Thanks for sharing!

    Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

    1. Thats when you know it was good haha! I am so glad these recipes turned out so well for you Erika! Thank you for trying them! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! xTieghan

  5. Tieghan… Just saw your spread in Rachel Rays magazine…great article,. It was wonderful to get a view of you in your home! Love your blog and cookbooks! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Carole

  6. Oh my goodness…your photos are so beautiful. We don’t have any family here in Encinitas CA, but we’re having friends over tonight, tomorrow night and Christmas Day. I’m making my favorite appetizer of yours tonight…the baked feta with thyme and honey…yumm! I also made a version of your beautiful cheese board for a party last week-end and got so many oh’s and ah’s. Wish there was a way to send you a photo of it!
    Have a blessed, fun, joy filled holiday with your family and thanks for sharing so many wonderful recipes with us this last year.

    1. That is so amazing that you are spending time with friends! I hope the appetizer turns out perfectly for you Linda! Thank you so much and Merry Christmas! xTieghan

  7. Your first cookbook was such a hit with friends and family (I gifted 8! of them) that HBH Super Simple is a no brainer for Christmas gifts. Thank you for making shopping as easy as pie! Your recipes and photography continue to inspire me, Tieghan – have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

    1. Awh that is so amazing!! I am so glad you have been loving the books and I hope everyone else does too! Thank you Nancie! Merry Christmas! xTieghan

  8. This will be our second year making the beef tenderloin. I don’t usually eat red meat, but this is worthy of an exception! Thanks for all the inspiration! I’m really having trouble narrowing down the cocktail selection!

  9. Thank you for the beautiful ideas all year! You have upped my cooking cred by miles this year. Merry Christmas to everyone at HBH, and here’s to more joyous cooking adventures in 2020!

  10. Without seeing this until now I had already planned to make the beef tenderloin and Brussels sprouts for my Christmas dinner. Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

  11. Oh my goodness! I want to go to Teighan’s house for Christmas! ?? Menus sound soooo good!

    Made the baked rigatoni last week – really delicious. Also plans for the cake, meatballs and salmon this week too.

    Wishing team Half Baked Harvest a very Happy Christmas ?????xx

    1. Haha if only it weren’t so crowded already! I am so glad you loved the rigatoni! That is so amazing! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! xTieghan